Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $103,188)
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide commitment to reducing gun crime, links existing local programs together and provides them with necessary tools. PSN 1) takes a hard line against gun criminals, using every available means to create safer neighborhoods; 2) seeks to achieve heightened coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement; and 3) emphasizes tactical intelligence gathering, more aggressive prosecutions, and enhanced accountability through performance measures. The United States Attorney in each federal judicial district will lead the offensive. The fiscal agent, in coordination with the PSN Task Force, will allocate funds throughout the community.
The Oklahoma District Attorneys Council will use the FY 2007 PSN award to fund positions within the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office and the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office. The grant funded Deputy position within the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office will assist the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms on gun crimes in the Tulsa County area. The project goals are to increase successful investigation and prosecution of gun violence crimes in Tulsa County.
The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office will use the grant funds to support a Media Outreach Project Director position. The Media Outreach Project Director will continue efforts designed to address gun violence through community education and participation. The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office coordinates with several organizations within the local law enforcement, faith-based, and public education environments. This collaboration also includes radio, television, and print media entities. The person in this position will conduct 12 anti-gun violence prevention presentations to youth; distribute promotional items with anti-gun/gang prevention messages to children; convene four community outreach events; and sponsor the Skills for Life chess program for high-risk elementary youth.